Future of International Climate Agreements

The future of international efforts to manage climate change faces great uncertainty. The greenhouse gas commitments established under the Kyoto Protocol are set to expire at the end of 2012, and governments are scrambling to negotiate a successor agreement. What is the future of international climate agreements? Can we expect a new set of binding commitments, or will the system of rules and institutions evolve in a softer, more decentralized direction? This webinar will provide information about:

  • The history of the global system governing climate change
  • Political obstacles to international negotiations on climate change
  • Policy recommendations for designing a successful agreement to manage climate

About the Speaker(s)

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson

Alex Thompson is Associate Professor of political science at Ohio State University and a Faculty Affiliate of Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies. His research and teaching focus on the politics of international organizations and law. He is the author of Channels of Power: The UN Security Council and U.S. Statecraft in Iraq (Cornell, 2009).

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